According to the Buffalo police, the 18-year-old broadcast his act of violence live on the Internet. A spokesman for the streaming service Twitch confirmed to the AFP news agency that the perpetrator broadcast his attack live on the platform. However, the transmission ended less than two minutes after the Twitch act of violence began. Among other things, it will now be monitored to ensure that other pages do not send the content again.
Among the dead at the store is a retired police officer who worked as a security guard there. Although the man shot the attacker several times, he was able to return fire because he was wearing a bulletproof vest, police chief Gramaglia said. The 18-year-old turned the gun on himself when police arrived at the scene, but police said he was eventually persuaded to surrender.
“We are investigating this incident as both a hate crime and a case of racially motivated violent extremism,” an FBI investigator said in Buffalo on Saturday. Eleven of the 13 dead and injured are black, police said. The Erie prosecutor’s office also spoke of references to “racial hatred” without giving any further details.
According to US media reports, the authorities are investigating a detailed “manifesto” by the perpetrator, which is said to have been published online before the shooting and in which the man explains his plans and his racist motives. According to a report in the local newspaper “The Buffalo News”, the perpetrator’s semi-automatic weapon also bears a racist inscription and the number 14 – a reference to white racists.
Governor speaks of terrorism
The governor of the state of New York has described the fatal shooting in Buffalo as terrorism. The perpetrator is a right-wing extremist who committed a “terrorist act,” Kathy Hochul said at a press conference on Saturday evening.
She sincerely hopes that this person who just committed a hate crime will spend the rest of their days behind bars. Hochul also took issue with social networks that need stricter regulation. There right-wingers would spread their ideologies and get almost intoxicated.
District Attorney John Flynn’s office said on Twitter that the perpetrator, who was from Conklin, New York, would be charged with murder.